World Championships Update
Mikko Koivu and Mikael Granlund have led Team Finland to the semifinals of the IIHF World Championships, but the Finn’s success is bittersweet to those of in the State of Hockey. Finland topped Team USA 3-2 in their quarterfinal matchup. Koivu tied the game in the third period with his third goal of the tournament and Jesse Joensuu scored the go-ahead goal with only nine seconds left in regulation. Koivu has nine points (3-6=9), good for second on Team Finland, and Granlund’s four assists are tied for second on the team. Check out an interview with Koivu after Finland’s win against Team USA, here.
Team Finland will face the undefeated Russians in the semifinals on Saturday, after Team Russia beat Norway in their quarterfinal matchup, 5-2.
The Czech Republic upset team Sweden 4-3, so Wild prospects Jonas Brodin and Johan Larsson were eliminated from the tournament. In seven games apiece, Brodin had a goal and Larsson had a pair of assists.
NBC Sports Network will broadcast one of the semifinal games on tape delay at 8 p.m. Saturday and will air a replay of the Gold Medal Game at 8 p.m. Sunday.
With two Finnish players in the Wild organization still competing in the World Championships, Minnesota’s coaching and training staff will be competing in a different kind of competition on Saturday –Tough Mudder. If you pay attention to Wild.com, you’ve probably heard about Head Coach Mike Yeo and the staff training for the event. Well, check back to Wild.com later today to watch the final video of team Wild For Wounded Warriors preparing for the event. If you were wondering how the team chose their name, they are accepting donations for the Wounded Warrior Project. The team met their goal of $1,000 in donations, but there is still one day to exceed that number. Donate, here.
Swing Batter, Batter
Justin Falk was a guest on Twins Live and took some batting practice against Hall of Fame pitcher Bert Blyleven. Check out the big defenseman’s warning track power, here.
LaPanta Gets The Call
The Wild named Anthony LaPanta its play-by-play announcer on Tuesday. He will join Mike Greenlay in the booth. Bob Kurtz (play-by-play) and Tom Reid (analyst) will return as the radio voices during Wild games. Kevin Falness also will return as Producer and Host of the Wild radio broadcasts. Check out this Wild TV video of LaPanta training with the Wild For Wounded Warriors Tough Mudder team.
Wild About Pinterest
The Wild has joined the social media website Pinterest. You won’t want to miss the Wild Look A-likes because there are some eerie similarities between your favorite Wild players and celebrities. Check out the page, here.
After winning the President’s Cup as Quebec Major Junior Hockey League champions, Wild prospects Charlie Coyle and Zack Phillips begin the Saint John Sea Dogs’ bid for a second-straight Memorial Cup tomorrow against the London Knights. The game will be aired live on the NHL Network at 6 p.m. CST.
Here is a news release about the Memorial Cup games on the NHL Network:
NEW YORK (May 18, 2012) — For the fifth consecutive year, NHL Network™ U.S. will air the MasterCard Memorial Cup, the championship of the Canadian Hockey League. NHL Network U.S will feature a combination of live and tape-delayed broadcasts throughout the 10 days of competition from the host city of Shawinigan, Quebec.
Fans will have the opportunity to see the NHL’s future stars and 2012 NHL Draft™ picks from May 18-27 at the Canadian Hockey League’s elite event. The host Shawinigan Cataractes of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League will be joined by the QMJHL champion Saint John Sea Dogs; the Ontario Hockey League champion London Knights; and the winner of the Western Hockey League, the Edmonton Oil Kings.
Each team will play three games in the preliminary round-robin, May 18-23. The semifinal game is May 25 and the championship game is May 27.
NHL Network U.S. will telecast Rogers Sportsnet’s coverage of all the championship games with the broadcast team of play-by-play man RJ Broadhead, analyst Sam Cosentino and host Rob Faulds. Each live game broadcast will feature intermission reports from NHL Network’s own NHL Tonight™ team in Toronto. All games will be broadcast in high definition.
MasterCard Memorial Cup games will be live unless there is a Stanley Cup® Conference Final game being played that night. In those instances, NHL Network will offer a broadcast of the MasterCard Memorial Cup game on a tape delay. Additional live game coverage from the championship will be added to the NHL Network U.S. schedule as the Stanley Cup Conference Finals series conclude. Fans are encouraged to check http://www.nhlnetwork.com for updates.
NHL.com also will have special coverage of the championship in its entirety with a team of reporters and videographers on-site to cover the sights and sounds of the CHL’s best.
2012 MasterCard Memorial Cup on NHL Network U.S. Schedule (all times Eastern)
Fri., May 18 Edmonton vs. Shawinigan 7:00 p.m. (LIVE)
Sat., May 19 Edmonton vs. Shawinigan 10:00 a.m. (tape delay)
Sat., May 19 Saint John vs. London 7:00 p.m. (LIVE)
Sun., May 20 Saint John vs. London 10:00 a.m. (tape delay)
Sun., May 20 Shawinigan vs. London 7:00 p.m. (LIVE)
Mon., May 21 Shawinigan vs. London 1:00 p.m. (tape delay)
Tue., May 22 Saint John vs. Edmonton 1:00 p.m. (tape delay)
Wed., May 23 London vs. Edmonton 1:00 p.m. (tape delay)
Thur., May 24 Shawinigan vs. Saint John 1:00 p.m. (tape delay)
Fri., May 25 tiebreaker* (if necessary) 1:00 p.m. (tape delay)
Fri., May 25 Semifinal TBA
Sun., May 27 Championship TBA